April's Focus on Faith is HERE!
  • Read about our Reopening Plan
  • Consider being part of our Lawn Crew
  • See pictures from our 40 Days - 40 Items Challenge
Join us this Palm Sunday for our Live Stream Worship Service at 10:15 am. Special thanks to Darin Jellison, Ron Demkee, and Joan Hassler for reading scripture, to Darin Jellison for sharing his amazing music with us, to Eileen Wescoe for filling in for Dennis Duda, and to our "Stream Team" for filming the service.

Click HERE to print a bulletin to follow along on 03/28/2021.

Please stop by church following worship this Sunday between 11:30 - 12:30 to receive palms. Pastor Bruce will greet you as you drive by the side door (under the portico) to hand you your palms.
Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae
Live Stream Service 
April 1st—7:30 pm
Communion will be served.
Maundy is the English form of the Latin word meaning commandment. Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday.
Is there someone in your life in need of prayer? Click here to fill out a prayer request form and Pastor Bruce will mention that person’s first name during worship. Please be sensitive to privacy. Permission to share from those involved must be granted before making a request.
We are thrilled to let you know that Faith UCC plans to reopen for in person worship service in Mid April! There were many different committee meetings and sharing of ideas to get to this exciting decision! 

In the coming weeks you will see a few things regarding reopening:

1) A survey about reopening: So we can best prepare for a return to worship. (click here to complete the survey)

2) Our Faith UCC reopening plan: The church will look different and we want to provide those details prior to worship.
(included in April's Focus on Faith)
 
3) Faith UCC Covid Screening form: We will need to utilize an online screening/registration form for each church service attended. 
(Congregants will be able to call the church and leave a message to make a worship reservation by 4pm Wednesday prior to Sunday service they wish to attend.) 
Stay tuned for more details on our first service back! 

-The Consistory
Letter from our Conference Minister

My friends, What two weeks it has been! Eight killed in Atlanta on the 16th of March. Ten killed in Boulder on Monday! Again, yesterday a shooting was narrowly avoided in Atlanta at Publix as a man was apprehended with 5 guns, wearing body armor. What has happened! How did we get to this place?
 
We are approaching the time when gathering in person may be possible after more than a year of the COVID pandemic. Now people must be afraid of gunmen, and they have been men, shooting us in public places like supermarkets. The Religion News Service published an article about Christians and guns on March 24, 2021. I excerpt a portion here:
 
“The gun carnage in this country — seen just in the last few days in the spa shootings in the Atlanta area and a mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store in Colorado — is not only a horrific social problem, it is also a theological problem, even a theological crisis.
 
The theological crisis is that white Christian nationalists, in particular, are led to believe that the 'right to bear arms was bestowed upon Americans by God,' as Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association said after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018.
 
God did not give Americans guns. The gun manufacturers did.”[1]
 
Now I have written before about guns and gun owners, sharing my Dad’s experience as a hunter and our shared experience with skeet and clay trap shooting. I am not against people owning or using guns. I do believe in the right to own guns. What I cannot accept is the blatant disregard for control over who purchases guns and which guns are purchased. Assault weapons are for just that purpose, assault. One does not hunt with, shoot skeet with, or usually target shoot with an assault weapon. This must stop! The young man who killed ten in Boulder had an assault conviction! How did he have access?
 
While I believe in consequences for the offenders, the rest of us bear some blame as well. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite who wrote this article calls on us, on us Christians, people of faith, to respond. She writes, “Studies show that Christian nationalist beliefs — that is, the merging of right-wing religious and civil ideologies — are the single greatest indicator of opposition to gun legislation reform.” She reminds us that we in the US will not get gun reform bills passed unless “Christians who know that to say God gives Americans guns is heresy need to be strengthened in their resolve to make this a theological struggle.”
You may be angered by this letter. You may think I have become too political. Yet, my friends, if we are to love our neighbors, we are called to make changes in social policy in order to protect our neighbors, not just to feed, clothe, house, and educate them. We need to pray, certainly; comfort, of course; but we also need to act as citizens and Christians in these days….so we can have a free, just, and reasonably safe existence in this nation.
 
The beatitudes call us to be peacemakers. We are called by the living and risen Christ to love God and to love our neighbors. We are called to turn swords into plowshares. How will you, will we, work to make this hope for God’s realm a reality.

Blessings,
Bonnie
 
Heifer International
AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY!
A chance for you to give children a future free from
hunger and poverty.

DEADLINE TO DONATE IS
MONDAY, MARCH 29TH

Each Sunday morning the youth who participate in Faith’s Christian Ed program drop their offerings in a pretty white church bank. This offering is dedicated to Heifer International. Each year the children select animals they wish to purchase with their offerings. They have donated many heifers, rabbits, alpacas, bees and more. 

From September 2019 thru February 2020 the youth have collected $150. It was Mission’s intention to hold onto this offering until the end of 2021. However, we were presented with an exciting opportunity that we feel cannot be ignored. 

A group of generous donors will match all donations by adding $2 to every dollar we donate. So, our $150 will now become $450. 
Not just 1 Sheep BUT 3 Sheep… and more.

If you wish to add to Faith’s Heifer donation please send a check made out to Faith UCC and designate Heifer Mission on the memo line. You'll also find a Heifer designation on Tithe.ly. It must be done soon because this matching offer will not last long. Please do it today. Our goal is to have our donation to Heifer International by March 29th! If we miss the deadline our donations will NOT BE TRIPLED!

For years Faith’s youth have been donating to Heifer. Won’t you help us continue with this wonderful tradition that helps create lasting change around the World.
Water is life. Water is love. Let love flow.

March & April are One Great Hour of Sharing Months.
To learn more about OGHS
 
For those of you who give online through Tithe.ly—there is a designation for OGHS. For those mailing in donations,
please designate your offering OGHS.
CURRENT NEEDS

The pantry is well stocked but could use

SPAGHETTI SAUCE
MEAL HELPERS
(chicken/tuna/hamburger helper)

Drop your donations at Center Valley or Coopersburg Post Offices
or the Southern Lehigh Library. Donations can also be dropped
off on Wednesday mornings from 9-10 am at the pantry.
Thank you for your continued support.

Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Nots and others as we continue through this pandemic. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.

Birthdays:

March
26 Andrew Miller
26 Thomas Miller
28 Barbara Strimple
30 Tom Herstine
31 Patricia Babos
 
(If you would like to send cards, addresses can be found in the Members & Friends Directory link at the bottom of this email.)

Click here for a list of birthdays and addresses of our Forget-Me-Not's. Some phone numbers are also included if you'd like to give a call! Also included on the list are names, addresses, and phone numbers of members who usually attend services but don't get to see the recorded services on a regular basis. Reach out to them and say hello or fill them in on the weekly news!
A Special THANK YOU to all who continue to financially support our ministry as you are able. Through these uncertain times our financial obligations continue and our regular bills are still coming in. Again we'd like to remind you there are several ways you can do this:

  1. Mail your offering directly to the church
  2. Make an electronic donation through Tithe.ly on our website's Giving page
  3. Use your bank's Bill Pay service
IMPORTANT LINKS

****Updated March 25, 2021***

Need to make changes, corrections, or additions to our Church Directory? Click HERE to let us know if your info is current or if we need to make
changes. Thanks in advance for taking the time to keep our
Church Directory up to date.





Contact us via email or call the church office at 610.282.3939

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director
Sandy David, Parish Administrator
(click on names to send an email)